Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, died May 14, 1998 in
Los Angeles, California) was an American singer and actor who is perceived by one of the very best vocalists of his time, especially recognized for his perfect phrasing and timing. He is known for songs such as "(Theme From) New York, New York", "My Way", "Fly Me to the Moon" and "I've Got You Under My Skin".
Sinatra was also a renowned film actor. He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1953, for his role in From Here to Eternity.
Sinatra was early nicknamed The Voice, and has been described as a musical legend and an American icon. He was at times a controversial person at the time, partly due to his alleged ties to the mafia and his strained relationship with the press.
Sinatra was part of The Rat Pack, along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Sinatra held two concerts in Norway, in Ekeberghallen in 1989 and in Oslo Spektrum in 1991. The concert in Ekeberghallen was together with Sammy Davis jr. and Liza Minelli, where, among others, Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja were present.
Childhood and adolescence
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of two Italian immigrants. His father, Antonio Martino "Marty" Sinatra, was an innkeeper, professional boxer and firefighter. The mother, Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa was a dominant figure in local politics, as well as in her son's life and career. He walked on David E. Rue Jr. High School from 1928, but never completed his education. Sinatra decided to become a singer after hearing Bing Crosby on the radio.
Marriage and children
Sinatra was married four times, first to her childhood sweetheart Nancy Sinatra from 1939 to 1951. They had three children together, including artists Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra jr. Sinatra eventually began a relationship with actress Ava Gardner, which led to his divorce from Nancy Sinatra in 1951. The same year he married Gardner, but the marriage was unstable and quarrelsome, and ended in divorce in 1957.
In 1966, 50-year-old Sinatra married 21-year-old Mia Farrow, a marriage that ended in divorce in 1968.
In 1973, he married Barbara Marx Sinatra, a marriage that lasted until his death in 1998.
Although Sinatra's mother was an active politician for the Democrats when he was growing up, it was a meeting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944 that really piqued his political interest. After this, he was an active contributor to the presidential campaigns of several Democratic candidates, such as Roosevelt in 1944 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Kennedy distanced himself from Sinatra after he was elected president, based on Sinatra's alleged links to the mafia. he Republican Ronald Reagan in his campaign to become governor of California, and went over to Republicans for good from the early '70s. He supported both the re-election of Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election and Reagan's election campaign in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections. Sinatra was a strong opponent of racial discrimination in the United States. He was instrumental in abolishing segregation in Las Vegas, where African-American artists were not allowed to stay in many of the hotels they performed, but were relegated to areas on the outskirts of the city. He was a supporter of the American Civil Rights Movement, including as a contributor to concerts for income for Martin Luther King jr.
Later years and death
In February 1995, Sinatra performed its last concert, in Tokyo, Japan. He died of a heart attack on May 14, 1998, at the age of 82.
He started singing in small clubs in New Jersey before finally getting the attention of trumpeter and conductor Harry James. In June 1938, Sinatra signed a two-year contract with James, a collaboration that led to Sinatra's first commercial